John Nolen Drive will shut down, huge crowds will flood downtown, and loud blasts will explode in the same lake Leigh Meier lives near -- and Meier is excited.
"That'd be great," Meier said. "I mean, I'd love it if it was right here on the lake."
The Lakeside Court neighbor usually spends the Fourth of July scoping the lake for a good vantage point. This year, her pontoon can stay docked because Rhythm and Booms is moving to Lake Monona.
After the fireworks show became controversial among neighbors at its former home at Warner Park on the north side, city officials and event organizers decided to move it.
The 1.6-mile-long Independence Day celebration will block John Nolen Drive in both directions. Two lanes will be reserved for fireworks observers, while the other lanes will house food, drinks, and bathrooms, as well as easy access for police patrol.